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Chad Hartzler
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The former West Central Cooperative employee who allegedly took dozens of bribes worth more than $479,000 in exchange for steep discounts on crop seed and other products, is expected to plead guilty today to a federal charge of wire fraud, court records show.
  • Vehicular homicide suspect wants trial moved
    The Carroll man accused of a fatal, drunken crash in November has asked a judge to move his vehicular homicide trial from Carroll County due to pre-trial publicity of the case that has led to “misinformation, gossip, rumors and speculation” by potential jurors, according to court documents. 
  • Iowan takes plea deal on charges he supplied beer to teen
    A 21-year-old man has made a plea deal on charges that he had provided alcohol to an underage youth who later was involved in a collision that killed two teenage girls. 
  • Killer mocks his victims’ family
    “I’ll tell David, ‘Hi,’” were Thomas Henderson’s parting words to his murder victims’ family after a judge sentenced him to life in prison this morning. He stuck his tongue out at them. It was a parting swipe at the family’s relative, David Warnke, who is serving up to 10 years in prison for drug possession. The family erupted. “I wanna blow the place up!” said Denise Green, Warnke’s sister. 
  • A prison mate, a burglary, a fatal crash
    Jason Michael Watson was driving 73 mph and drunk — fleeing from a burglary with his girlfriend passed out in his sport utility vehicle — when he missed the first curve of a county road just north of Coon Rapids and briefly dipped off the roadway, prosecutors are expected to allege at the man’s upcoming vehicular homicide trial. 
  • Expert who ‘bushwhacked’ local doctor and nurse will testify in new sex-abuse case
    An expert witness — whose paid testimony in a 2012 Carroll County court case helped a man avoid a conviction for an alleged rape attempt during RAGBRAI — is set to testify in the upcoming trial of another man accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 12. 
  • Former deputy fined $322 for crash that killed K-9
    An Audubon County deputy sheriff — whose K-9 dog died in March after the deputy crashed his patrol vehicle — did not contest two traffic citations he was later issued for the crash, according to court records. 
  • A Carroll woman helped organize a nighttime golf event in 2012 at the Carroll Country Club where she was a clubhouse manager. 
  • Alleged child stealer thought she was being followed
    A 21-year-old woman was paranoid that someone was following her when she drove her friend’s two young children to the eastern edge of Iowa and back, which set off a statewide search for them, according to court records. 
  • 12 years in prison for killers’ accomplice
    The woman who witnessed her two friends shoot and burn two people near Deloit last year — and who testified against the men in their first-degree murder trials — will serve up to 12 years in prison for her role in the crimes. 
  • Man who gave beer to teen will plead guilty
    The 21-year-old Breda man who allegedly supplied the beer that caused an August crash that killed two girls will plead guilty to an unspecified criminal charge, according to court documents. 
  • Life in prison for second killer
    A judge sentenced Jayden Chapman on Friday to back-to-back, life-in-prison sentences for shooting and burning two people on a rural Deloit acreage in March 2014. 
  • Felony charges for alleged child stealer
    An Illinois woman faces up to 22 years in prison for allegedly stealing the two young children of her longtime friend in Jefferson on Sunday night. 
  • A 36-year-old Carroll woman who allegedly forged 10 bank checks of her recently deceased father for nearly $2,000 was sentenced to up to five years in prison last week. 
  • A 55-year-old Carroll man who faced a felony charge for having a loaded handgun in his vehicle last month has been indicted in federal court for a similar charge that has a potentially stiffer penalty. 
  • Arcadia man receives suspended prison sentence in drunken-driving case
    An Arcadia man dodged prison time after being accused of driving drunk near Scranton, a trip that ended in a crash that injured him and two of his passengers. 
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